Game Review: Oddworld – New ‘N’ Tasty (Playstation 4)



It’s been long overdue for a Oddworld game. I haven’t played one in a while so when I heard that they were basically remaking the original “Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee” I could not wait to experience it and bring back tons of memories.If you haven’t played it before then this would be the perfect chance to pick this up. The new and improved graphics and cutscenes are reason enough as it is but it’s the gameplay that will really get you, but we’ll get to that in a minute. On the outside it looks like a kid game with its cartoon like characters and goofiness but as you play it you quickly realize that it’s story is kind of on the dark side. With Abe’s fellow Mudokon being mushed up into treats to be sold you’ll see lots of gore which to me is pretty awesome and with the new graphics it looks twice as cool as the original. Be warned, this is probably not for the younger kids (just fyi) but for the teens and older crowd this will be a surprisingly challenging game. You’ll find yourself playing endlessly and becoming so determined to get passed certain parts. There were moments where I would clumsily and mistakenly make a wrong move repeatedly and after a handful of times dying I would find myself go from a laying down position on the floor to sitting up straight and “getting in the zone” to correct my mistakes. That’s when you know it gets real. The intriguing part of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee to me (even in the past) was that you don’t rely on the character in the film using weaponry or firepower and you basically have to sneak around. It truly is a game that makes you work of it and in recent years there’s a lack of that in the game community.

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Now let’s get to the improvements because let’s face it…….there are many. The original PS1 game was strictly side scroll but this version is so much more. The camera angles have a bit more movement and consist of plenty of zooming in and tilting. It really is a great thing to see with the newly updated graphics and gives you a new experience with a familiar game. The scenery is so crisp and beautiful! Seeing these on a big screen and in 1080p is the ideal way of playing this remade masterpiece and don’t let anyone else tell you differently and if they do they are straight up liars! Another big improvement is the amount of Mudokon’s that you have to save. I’m not going to be a buzzkill and give you the number but let’s just say that if you’re die hard about saving them all then you’ll have a bunch of fun doing so. Another thing that attracted me and made me not want to put down the controller was the fact that all the puzzles were basically redone from the ground up and (like I said before) makes you wants to keep trying until you get it right.

Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty is everything you’ve ever hoped for in an Oddworld game and you can’t help but be impressed….even if you weren’t a fan of the original. Now all I can hope for is that if this game is a big hit then they may start to remake some of the sequels. Please, please, please, please!

Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty is available NOW on the Playstation Network for $29.99 (and worth every penny) from Just Add Water


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